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Dr. Cyril H. Wecht and Dr. Henry Lee will present some of their most notable cases during the first general session on Thursday, September 22, 2010.

Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD, CFP, CMI-V

Dr. Wecht is a Life Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners InternationalSM and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Medicine and the American Board of Forensic Examiners. He is a Certified Medical Investigator, Level Five, and is a former instructor of this program. He is also a Certified Forensic Physician and recently authored the exam for the CFP program. He has been a dedicated member since 2002. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. degree from the University of Maryland. He is certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology. He is a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and the National Association of Medical Examiners. Dr. Wecht is a Charter Diplomate of the American Board of Disaster Medicine and has served as Vice Chairman of that Board. He is also a Charter Diplomate of the American Board of Legal Medicine and has served as Chairman of that Board. Dr. Wecht was formerly the Chairman of the Department of Pathology and President of the Medical Staff at St. Francis Central Hospital in Pittsburgh. He is actively involved as a medical-legal and forensic science consultant, author, and lecturer. He served as the elected Coroner of Allegheny County for a total of 20 years.

Dr. Wecht is a Clinical Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health; an Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University School of Law, Pharmacy, and Health Sciences; Distinguished Professor of Anatomy and Pathology at Carlow University; Professor of Law at Aristotle University School of Law; and chairman of the Advisory Board of the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University School of Law. He has served as President of the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and also as Chairman of both the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Legal Medicine and the American College of Legal Medicine Foundation.

Dr. Wecht is the author or co-author of 530 professional publications; an editorial board member of 16 national and international medical-legal and forensic scientific publications; an editor or co-editor of 44 books, including a five-volume set Forensic Sciences (Matthew  Bender), and two 3-volume sets—Handling Soft Tissue Injury Cases and Preparing and Winning Medical-Negligence Cases. Dr. Wecht has organized and conducted Postgradutate Medical-Legal Seminars in more than 50 countries throughout the world in his capacity as Director of the Pittsburgh Institute of Legal Medicine. He has personally performed approximately 16,000 autopsies, and has supervised, reviewed, or been consulted on approximately 36,000 additional several post-mortem examinations, including several cases in foreign countries.

Dr. Wecht has testified in more than 1,000 civil, criminal, and workers compensation cases in state and federal courts in more than 30 states. He has also conducted post-mortem examinations and has testified in several foreign countries. Dr. Wecht has appeared as a frequent guest on numerous national TV and radio shows, discussing various medicolegal and forensic scientific subjects, including medical malpractice; alcohol and drug abuse; the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and Reverend Martin Luther King; the death of Elvis Presley; the San Sheppard case; the O.J. Simpson case; the JonBenét Ramsey case; the Diallo case, the Chandra Levy death investigation; Jayson Williams; and the Laci Peterson homicide. These cases as well as those involving Mary Jo Kipechne, Sunny von Bulow, Jean Harris, Dr. Jeffery McDonald, the Waco Branch Davidian fire, Vincent Foster, O.J. Simpson, Scott Peterson, Anna Nicole Smith, Daniel Smith, and many others are discussed from the perspective of Dr. Wecht’s personal professional involvement in his books, Cause of Death, Grave Secrets, Who Killed JonBenét Ramsey?, Mortal Evidence, Tales from the Morgue, and A Question of Murder. Dr. Wecht has received numerous awards and honors from various professional, community, and governmental organizations, including the County Detectives Association of Pennsylvania, the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Pennsylvania, Vectors, the New York Society of Forensic Sciences, the American College of Legal Medicine, National Junior Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, and the Pittsburgh Shriners.

He has been invited as a Distinguished Professor to lecture in several foreign countries and is an Honorary Life Member of the National Academies of Legal Medicine of France, Spain, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Columbia, and Brazil. Dr. Wecht has lectured at numerous law, medical, and other graduate schools; at many colleges and universities; and numerous professional organizations and governmental agencies, including Harvard Law School, Yale Medical School, the FBI Academy, and the Medical Division of the CIA.

Dr. Henry C. Lee, PhD

Dr. Henry C. Lee is one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists. Dr. Lee’s work has made him a landmark in modern-day forensic sciences. He has been a prominent player in many of the most challenging cases of the last 40 years. Dr. Lee has worked with law enforcement agencies in helping to solve more than 6000 cases. In recent years, his travels have taken him to England, Bosnia, China, Brunei, and other locations around the world.

Dr. Lee’s testimony figured prominently in the O. J. Simpson trial, and in convictions of the “Woodchipper” murderer as well as hundreds of other murder cases. Dr. Lee has assisted local and state police in their investigations of other famous crimes, such as the murder of Jon Benet Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado, the 1993 suicide of White House Counsel Vincent Foster, and the reinvestigation of the Kennedy assassination. Dr. Lee is currently the Chief Emeritus for the Scientific Services and was the Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Connecticut for over two years and has served as that state’s Chief Criminalist from 1979 to 2000. Dr. Lee was the driving force in establishing a modern State Police Forensic Science Laboratory in Connecticut.

In 1975, Dr. Lee joined the University of New Haven, where he created the school’s Forensic Sciences program. He has also taught as a professor at more than a dozen universities, law schools, and medical schools. Though challenged with the demands on his time, Dr. Lee still lectures throughout the country and world to police, Universities and civic organizations. Dr. Lee has authored hundreds of articles in professional journals and has co-authored more than 25 textbooks, covering the areas, such as; DNA, Fingerprints, Trace Evidence, Crime Scene Investigation and Crime scene reconstruction. Dr. Lee has been the recipient of numerous medals and awards, including the 1996 Medal of Justice from the Justice Foundation, and the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Science and Engineer Association. He has also been the recipient of the Distinguished Criminalist Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences; the J. Donero Award from the International Association of Identification, and in 1992 was elected a distinguished Fellow of the AAFS.

Dr. Lee was born in China and grew up in Taiwan. Dr. Lee first worked for the Taipei Police Department, attaining the rank of Captain. With his wife, Margaret, Dr. Lee came to the United States in 1965, and he earned his B.S. in Forensic Science from John Jay College in 1972. Dr. Lee continued his studies in biochemistry at NYU where he earned his Masters Degree in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1975. He has also received special training from the FBI Academy, ATF, RCMP, and other organizations. He is a recipient of five honorary Doctorate Degrees from Universities in recognition of his contributions to Law and Science. Dr. And Mrs. Lee have been married for 39 years and have two grown children, a daughter, Sherry, and a son, Stanley.